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15 Jan 2013  Seattle Photoshop Meeting with Colin Smith

Seattle Photoshop User Group Meeting 15 Jan 2013

It all started with an email from a User Group Manager frantically looking for a last minute speaker.  As a Community Manager, sometimes I can help, sometimes I cannot.  But this time, I was able to go the extra mile in trying to help this User Group….We originally just intended to do just an Adobe Connect Webinar; but then I thought, wouldn’t it be great to bring a live speaker to Seattle? We have never done been able to do this with one of the Creative Suite User Groups on such short notice.  And so fortunately, after a few phonecalls, I was able to find an Adobe Community Professional Speaker (ACP): Colin Smith from PhotoshopCAFE.com.  Howard Heflin who runs the Seattle Photoshop User Group (SeaPUG) was thrilled! Now, the SeattlePUG originally started in 2008; and, it is one of the larger Photoshop User Groups in the Adobe Group’s Program. Initially, we had over 200 RSVP’d and over 81 on the waiting list for Colin’s visit. We were fortunate to pack the place with over 160 attendees. I usually start off a session by asking a few questions about product usage; 50% were using Photoshop CS5; 50% were using Photoshop CS6; not too many Creative Cloud Users; lots of Lightroom Users, including some newbies who came just for this meeting. All in All, this was a heavy photographer focused User Group.

After the marketing stuff by some Adobe guy, Colin got right into the Lightroom and started his Demo. Colin generally does not cover the demos or content material from his many videos, instead he focuses on new discoveries and questions he’s come across with the products…. Like, I did not know that there was an xml-based file associated with a Lightroom image and the adjustments made to it.  This XML file can actually be opened in Dreamweaver. And Colin, did just that, by opening the XML file and changing the lighting/Color adjustments from text in the XML file. Pretty Nifty and something new.  Colin is so patient as a presenter. Now, discussion did get bogged down a bit on “Photoshop/Photo file–Meta Data”, there was a lot of interest in this subject, but as Colin answered a few of the immediate questions, he then pointed to his Lightroom 4 DVD that pretty much covers all the basics, and then got back on track.  Colin then move onto more “juicier” topics, like What is “High Dynamic Range – HDR Photography?.  Lots of folks, really didn’t know, so Colin did a short explanation on how today’s cameras are limited in the amount of “details” that can be picked up in a photo, less than what the human eye would normally see.  He also went over some of the new features in Photoshop CS6 which allows for the combining of “bracketed” exposures of a subject into one singular image with higher dynamic range (Colin was flipping back and forth between Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6 to make his point). Very cool part of the presentation and seemed to hold the interest of some of the newbies.

All in All, there was definitely audience interest in having more topics on Lightroom at the SeattlePUG. The audience was appreciative of having a high quality speaker come to present at their group.  The Adobe Community Team often tries to bring Adobe Community Professionals to the User Groups (when feasible) to:

  1. Bring Fresh new content/speakers to an area
  2. Promote Photoshop & the New features available to Creative Cloud Members
  3. BUILD COMMUNITY.

Seattle will be hosting another ACP – Stephen Burns of Chromeallusion.com on March 19th at the Adobe Offices. This will again be another GREAT! user group meeting, brought to you by the Adobe Community Team.

“Creating Your Own Uniqueness” — March 19, 2013 Workshop by Stephen Burns

Lastly, while I was at the meeting I got to meet the Adobe sponsor for the Seattle Photoshop User Group, John Cornicello and thanked him  for volunteering and helping out this user group. One of the hardest things for a User Group going is finding a venue in which to meet at consistently.

 

Time Lapse Coverage 0f SeaPUG meeting

While at the meeting, I set up my camera to take a series of time-lapse photos which resulted in a short 30 sec movie. It’s not meant to provide detail just a high level overview of what happened at the user group meeting.

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From SeattlePUG-TimeLapse-15Jan2013

 

Thanks to the volunteers at the Registration Desk! And to our Speaker — Colin Smith from PhotoshopCAFE!

 

16 Jan 2013 – Dinner with Seattle Area Adobe User Group Managers

While in Seattle, I took the opportunity to gather up the local area Adobe User Group managers in order to talk to them about the upcoming #CreateNOW tour being sponsored by Adobe. The CreateNOW tour was fast approaching and we needed to speed up the logistics and planning for the event. More importantly, we needed to decide on a venue for the next big event.  It is not often the Adobe Community Team gets around to the user groups; and, we are trying to do more of this when it is practical and makes business sense.  The Seattle Adobe User Group will be holding their #CreateNOW tour on March 9th; I am looking forward to attending that event to see what they can do.

Seattle Area Adobe User Group Managers (Creative Suite & ProVideo)

 

2012 Community Recap-Look Ahead

 

 

2012 was a busy year for the Community Team at Adobe.  There were challenges carried over from the previous year, but some real successes thoughout the year.  Mainly, as a community manager, I was able to get out more and attend more regional events. But perhaps, one of the best things that happened to the Community Team was the hiring of a dedicated European community manager (Christie Fidura). It was a team effort (i.e. the hiring process) between current & former Adobe Community Mgrs. (Rachel Luxemburg, Ed Sullivan, Liz Frederick, and myself).  I am so pleased (perhaps, relieved) to have Christie onboard and getting us reconnected with our community partners in Europe. Europe is our 2nd largest market; and, they have not had a community manager…..perhaps ever. Thanks to Andre Jay Meissner for his support, doing all that community work in Germany, and for being a proponent of regional community managers.  We still have lots of work to do in So. America and Asia-Pac, but that will have to wait for now.

There was also a transition of Community Managers in the Adobe Community Professionals Program (ACPs) with Marie Nedich now at the helm. Liz Frederick is now engaging with HTML5 and Gaming Developers as part of Adobe’s 2011 strategy shift.  The ACPs and the Freelancers are sooo important to the Adobe User Group program (symbiotic in nature), because in most cases they are the only speaking assets the Adobe Community can routinely rely upon to speak at their events.  Adobe Evangelist were super busy in 2012 with the release of all those new products; Edge Tools, and of course, the Creative Cloud. This why we have community programs like the ACPs and Freelancers.

Now, the Creative Suite Product team did do an excellent job with the CS6 Pre-Launch TechWed NDA Webinars.  The Community often remarked that CS6 was the best prepared launch that Adobe has ever done; and, we took extra steps to get the community up to speed and educated about the Creative Cloud.Special Thank You to Tricia Lawrence (Adobe Creative Suite Team), Scott Morris (Creative Cloud) and ALL of the TechWED speakers for their efforts (12 webinar sessions, over 3000+ attendees; avg 125/session) in keeping the community informed, it very likely impacted the Creative Cloud membership adoption rates.There were over 30 CS6 & Community events in 2012 in North America, reaching over 10,000 community members.

We still have much more education to do in 2013 about Creative Cloud Team, so I suspect there will be additional Adobe Community Events in 2013. In 2013, there will likely be changes in the way we measure program participation in both the Adobe User Group and Adobe Community Professionals Program, stay tuned for that.

Looking forward to AdobeMAX the content, people, and community activities may be different than in past years and this should be a good thing. MAX will be more reflective of where Adobe is heading as a company. (More about the Adobe Community activities at AdobeMAX in a later post). I would urge all ACPs and User Group Managers to attend this year and look at the content schedule for MAX…it’s different this year!

I have prepared a listing/links (below) of the 2012 Adobe Community events in North America from my notes, emails, conversations, etc.  I also have photo slide show (flash-based) that captured some of the spirit, faces, and good times from an incredible year at Adobe.

Thank You! To All the Adobe User Group Manager & ACPs for an incredible year. It is a pleasure being your Community Mgr  – Aaron Houston Adobe Community Mgr No America

 

 Direct Link to 2012 Events Photos

 

Date Event Organizers/Speakers Attendees
DEC-17-2012 San Jose Creative Suite AUG Holiday Gala w/Colin Smith Sally Cox| Spkr Colin Smith ACP 130
NOV-16-2012 Creative Talent Network w/LA area AUGs + WACOM Technologies Tony Arredondo WACOM + Booth Duty: Chana Messer ACP + Cynthia Gordon, Adam Bell, George McKinney, Josua Bustos, Rick Miller 5000+
NOV-16-2012 Fall for Design Camp – Phoenix IDUG UGM Tami Rodgers & ACP Stephen Burns 120+
NOV-15-2012 Los Angeles Web Pro’s Fall Event – New Tools for the Web UGMs: Daniel Kramer, Anissa Thompson, & Sharon Sasche; Spkrs: Chana Messer & Lee Varis 250
NOV-08-2012 Orange County Video Crossroads – FCP vs. Premier demo shootout UGM Mike McGreedy 50
OCT-21-2012 #LVAdobe NEON PhotoWalk Las Vegas UGMs Kystal Hosmer, Nate Ludens; Spkrs/Organizers: Chana Messer, Stephen Burns, Lee Varis, Sally Cox + more 60+
OCT-18-2012 LA Mobile & Web Camp hosted by LAPhoneGapUG & DDLA UGM Organizers: Sharon Sasche, George McKinney, Josue Bustos; Spkrs: Greg Wilson (keynote); Renaun Erickson 380+
OCT-09-2012 Adobe Illustrator of LA AILA -Astute Graphics Tour UGM Chana Messer & Sebastian Bleak; Spkr: Nicholas van der Walle (Astute) 50
SEP-07-2012 CS6 UG Launch Event Portland/Vancouver WA UGM Tatiana Sullivan 27
SEP-03-2012 Adobe Photoshop UG Mgrs Meetup/Tweetup @Photoshop World Las Vegas Organizer: Kevin Stohlmeyer; UGMs: Stephen Burns, Nate Ludens, Krystal Hosmer, & Adobe’s Terry White 80
JUL-24-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Phoenix & Tuscon IDUGs Organizer: Tami Rodgers; Spkrs: Chana Messer & Pariah Burke 100
JUN-16-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Long Beach, CA UGMs: Lynnette Kent, Cynthia Gordon | Speakers Jack Davis & Chris Griffith 250
JUN-14-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Las Vegas & UNLV Krystal Hosmer UGM | Spkr Kevin Stohlmeyer, Stephen Burns, Sharon Sasche & Chana Messer 79
JUN-10-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Los Angeles Chana Messer UGM, Sharon Sachse; Speakers: April Clark, David Hogue, Justin Seeley, Colin Smith, Mark Anders 140
JUN-06-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Atlanta GA UGM Organizer Steve Howard 140
JUN-06-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Sacramento Rob Huddleston ACP UGM Speaker 50
JUN-05-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Cleveland IDUG OH April Clark UGM | Spkr April Clark 135
JUN-05-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – San Jose CA @ San Jose Tech Museum Sally Cox & Kelly McCathran | Spkr: Al Mooney 165
JUN-02-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Portland OR Ae/Pr Chris Tegethoff UGM | Spkr: Todd Kopriva Ae 160
JUN-02-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – San Diego City College Stephen Burns UGM | Spkr Zorana Gee & Sally Cox 200
JUN-02-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Seattle/Bellevue WA Organizers: Diane Pobol UGM, Teresa Anderson UGM Howard Heflin UGM; Spkrs: Topher Welsh & Adobe’s Ken Rice 400
JUN-01-2012 CS6 Launch Party – OCDigital Arts Anaheim, CA UGM Scot Trodick 170
MAY-31-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Dominican Republic Santo Domingo UGM Luis Sosa 290
MAY-29-2012 CS6 AUG Launch Webinar Ae/Pr – Albuquerque, NM UGMs Becky Padilla & Elaine Montoya | Spkr Al Mooney 275
MAY-29-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – San Francisco CS Lovers! UGMs Kelly McCathran & Sally Cox | Spkr Mark Christiansen Ae 235
MAY-21-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Santa Rosa CA NorthBay AUG UGM Cyndie Reese Santa Rosa Jr. College 100
MAY-16-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – Kansas City AUGs at D2W conference UGMs Dee Sadler, Buck Sommerkamp | Spkers Tom Green, Jim Babbage, Pariah Burke, April Clark, Chris Griffith, David Hogue, Rob Huddleston, Kai Koenig, Joe Labrecque, Justin Seeley + many more 300
MAY-15-2012 CS6 UG Launch Party – DMALA East Los Angeles Ko Maruyama UGM | Spkr Al Mooney Pr 300
MAY-11-2012 Adobe Design Camp Boston & CS6 Launch Event Kirsten Rourke UGM | Spkr: ACP Kevin Stohlmeyer, Pariah Burke, & Chana Messer 200
APR-10-2012 AdobeTouch Event – Denver, CO UGM Amanda Johnson | Paul Trani 50
APR-05-2012 Reach Out & Touch Adobe Apps” Madison WI IDUG: Adobe ACP Kevin Stohlmeyer UGM Speaker Kevin Stohlmeyer 30
MAR-20-2012 Adobe Touch App Demo Event – Creative Suite Orange County Fullerton College Cynthia Gordon UGM | Spker Sally Cox 55
MAR-19-2012 Adobe Touch App Demo – San Diego Photoshop Stephen Burms UGM & Eric Addison UGM| Spkr Sally Cox 105
MAR-16-2012 CS6 Design Camp: 2012 Mid Univ Missouri Adobe Camp Myra Ferguson UGM | Spkr Paul Trani 70
MAR-12-2012 New Web Trends – PhoneGap & Digital Designers DDLA UGM Sharon Sasche & George McKinney 65
FEB-21-2012 Digital Media Arts of LA (DMALA) event w/ ACP Chana Messer UGM Ko Maruyama | Spkr: Chana Messer 200
FEB-15-2012 LA PhoneGap Adobe Evangelist Visit UGM George McKinney 30

LA Web Design Camp Barnsdall Park 15Nov12

I recently had the opportunity to attend the LA Web Professionals User Group’s Design camp at the Barnsdall theater (BGT) in West Hollywood on 15Nov2012.  LAWEBPRO is an interesting User Group: they are very large (over 900 FB members); they run very large events (often 300+ attendees); and, they attract the very best web designers & internet marketing specialists in LA. And so,  it was no surprise that Daniel Kramer (User Group Mgr) did a great job in organizing this event. Daniel also has a lot of help from his coordinator, Anissa Barton. It’s actually a great combination with Daniel & Anissa.  Daniel handles the logistics, speaker-wrangling, and event-promotion and Anissa is great with the people. The event went down, pretty smooth and there were lots of LAWEBPRO volunteers manning the check-in desk and food line.For the main event, LAWEBPROs hosted a great cast of speakers: noted web designer, Author, certified trainer Brian Wood (askBrianWood.com); long-time Photoshop guru Lee Varis (Los Angeles Digital Imaging Group - LADIG co-organizer), and Adobe Community Professional Chana Messer (Mac in Art). Chana did an overview of Adobe’s TouchApps for iPad.

Attendance was great! Over 250+ attendees throughout the evening showed up for some great tips for the website development. The venue’s auditorium was nearly full and the lobby during breaks was “cozy”. Any more attendees and things would have started getting uncomfortable.  Daniel Kramer also feeds his attendees & guests quite well; This time he had a variety of Chinese food entrees. Attendees seemed very happy with the selections. The LAWEBPRO group does charge a minor fee to attend these events, but the amount was insignificant compared to the value and content that this event provided.  One thing I do recommend to User Group Managers who want to hold events is that it often good to charge a fee to attendees, because it keeps the attendee “no-show” rate low.  And since, this event was funded by Adobe Camp monies, the Adobe Community team appreciates a “personal incentive” for the attendess to ensure they show up. “Details about the sessions and the content can be found at the LA Web Design Camp – Registration Page.All in all, this was a successful event.  

Looking forward to future LAWEBPRO events in 2013.

Lee Varis - Photoshop Guru

Adobe User Group Mgr (LADIG.org) Lee Varis really enjoys presenting!

 After the event, I asked the event organizer to provide me some EventBrite charts on how this event tracked in terms of paid registrations and page views from the time we first started promoting the event till the day of the event.  The charts are interesting in that what we see from attendees is that most decide with 72 hrs whether they will be attending.

LAWEB Pro Web Design Camp – Attendee tracking

2012 LA Web Pro Web Design Camp – Registration Page Views

Lovers of the Luminous Lights-VegasPhotoWalk

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photowalk badgeThe Las Vegas Adobe User Group hosted a “Neon Photowalk” in the Fremont Street district (Old Vegas) — Sunday, Oct 21st, 2012, from 4-10pm. This was a FREE event for all levels of photographers from pros to iPhone/iPad users. We also had lots of Adobians from out of town (Los Angeles, Florida, San Jose, San Diego, etc) as well as some new friends from the Sin City Photography Group.  And that was the main purpose of the Photowalk: community building between two very different communities.There were over 120 signups to the event; but, we kicked things off with over 60 shutter snappers at Emergency Arts – “The Beat” coffee shop. As it turned out, some of the Beat employees were also lovers of the luminous lights. One employee had already been photographing hundreds of Vegas neon signs for his own art-piece which he presented me a copy which was very cool!

The Beat has definitely got an artistic vibe to it and the Photowalk organizers were so pleased that they allowed us to set up camp there. While onsite, we also conducted few drawings for Adobe Software, T-shirts, and a special drawing for a WACOM tablet (Thanks to Tony Arredondo -WACOM Technology & Stephen Burns). Those in attendance also got a free beverage courtesy of Adobe. With maps in hand, the Photowalkers sallied forth in their quest for best Neon Photo and a chance to win (CS6 Photoshop Extended).

One of our favorite stops was the Neonopolis courtyard and some of us spent a lot of time at this location. At NeonoPolis, Adobe Community Professional Stephen Burns gave lessons to about a dozen Photowalkers on color extractions using timed exposures and also a nifty click and drag technique which produced some interesting abstract neon photos. Here’s one:

 

Abstract Neon Photo — Delayed Shutter Technique

Click & Drag Technique

 

 

ACP Chana Messer finds some new friends on the PhotoWalk

This event spawned TWO other Blog posts worth mentioning:

Chana Messer Photoshop Touch App WorkFlow with Neon: http://adobe.ly/UNmBPE

Lee Varis: “Color & Tone” http://networkedblogs.com/E4BKM

Notable Twitter Posts:

Facebook Posts:

Photowalkers taking a break at Mediterrean Cafe after shooting inside Neonopolis courtyard

“Thanks for sharing with the group! And special thanks to Krystal, Nate, Aaron, Stephen, Chana, et al., for putting on a great event!” – Speer Photography & Design

We gave lots of stuff away to the Neon Photowalkers at the Adobe Table

“I LOVED the photo walk. Well organized and I met some GREAT TALENTED photographers and Photoshop gurus I admire. I had a great time and I can’t wait for the next one!” — Barbette Siller

” I made these images on the Adobe sponsored Photowalk down Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas a week ago Sunday, October 21st at night. It was put together by several hard working folks both from Adobe and the Las Vegas Adobe Users Group. Made slideshow using only iPhone and the Photodex’s Mobile App.! Using the 30 horizontally composed images I posted just below this video. We had about 60 photographers participating walking in small groups.” – John Daniel http://www.facebook.com/johnndaniel

NeonPhotoWalk Photo Winner:

“Viva Vegas” — Cindy Wilson Winner LVAdobe Neon PhotoWalk Photo Contest!

Here is our winning picture for the event. Congrats to Cindy Wallace for “Viva Vegas” and also to the runners-up Jeff Speer and Wayne Wallace — True Pros! There was also some very very nice stuff shot by Stephen Burns, Sally Cox, Chana Messer, Nate Ludens, Krsytal Hosmer, and of course, Lee Varis! Thanks for being good leaders of this Photowalk

As with anything we do with Adobe Community Events we try to capture some data on how the event went down. From the number of signups to the pageviews we try to gage how we will promote the next events. We had a slow start to the promotion of the event, but things ramped up quickly the last 72 hrs before the event as evidence from these EventBrite charts.

Stats — Attendee Signups

Stats – Page Views Up till the Event



 

 Oh What Fun We Had!

Oh What Fun We Had! — Thanks Wayne Wallace Photography!

Creative Suite 5.5 Joint Launch Event with LA Adobe User Groups — June 03, 2011

Creative Suite 5.5 Joint Launch Event with LA Adobe User Groups — June 03, 2011

Challenge Met! – Exceeded! 

I attended a very special Adobe User Group (AUG) CS5.5 launch event held at the offices of AlmerBlank located at 525 Venezia Ave in Venice, CA. For past couple of months, I have been issuing a “challenge” to the LA AUG Managers to see if they could work together to pull off a large joint meeting. In support, I would get Paul Trani to come and present. Well, LA AUG Managers rose to the challenge and pulled off a fantastic event! I was impressed by the turn-out (over 100+ Adobians), the organization at the check-in desk, the organization/marketing of the event, the venue (AlmerBlank is a warehouse/office with a decent amount of space), the magnitude of the prizes given away (dozens of shirts, books, software training certificates, and software…all together worth over $3000+), and the food! (I did not know that Chana Messer also ran a catering business on the side). All in all, a job well done!

Event Recap:

Time Lapse Image of Adobe User Group Meetup 03June2011

Time Lapse Image of Adobe User Group Meetup 03June2011

After an introduction by host Harald Koebler (LAFlash), I covered a few short things about Adobe’s Community Programs and how we work together with Adobe Evangelist speakers, like Paul Trani. Then, I introduced Paul who had just flown in from Australia from a Creative Suite world-tour event. A bit jet lagged, but with Paul, one wouldn’t have noticed! He gave a very energetic talk. I can definitely see that Paul has been working on his delivery, content, and “speaking chops” by hanging out with some of the Creative Suite (Uber) Evangelists (Terry White, Jason Levin, Colin Fleming, & Greg Rewis). With the limited time we had, Paul concentrated on these updates in Creative Suite 5.5: InDesign (Digital Publishing & Apps); Dreamweaver (Mobile Web Content, HTML5 features, & Apps); Flash Professional & Flash Builder 4.5 (Apps for Multi-Platforms); and, Photoshop SDK & Companion Apps (Adobe Nav, Adobe Touch, Color Lava, and Eazel). Best Demo: I liked Paul’s multi-sceen, multi-device app where Paul showed-off his animated Kayaker app travel from a Android Tablet, to an iPad, to a cell phone, and then onto a RIM Playbook!

Paul Trani's Slide Deck

Digital Publishing
Mobile Web Content & HTML5
Apps for Multi-Platforms
Photoshop SDK & Companion Apps

People — Thanks:

Adam Bell @datatv | Christian Gaspar | Omar Gonzales @s9tpepper | Cynthia Gordon | Virginia Houts | Andrew Kavanagh @Drew_kav | Harald Koebler @hkoebler | Andrew Kutcher | Chana Messer @chanam | Ko Maruyama @komaruyama | Anil Natha | Sharon Sachse @Pcartiste | Daniel Sofer @hermosawave | Lee Varis @LeeVaris | Michele Weisbert | Terence Carroll @terencecarroll (who was in LA for contract work; UGM for VegasFlash) | AND to any other folks I may have met at this event…Thank You!|

Prizes:

Adobe sponsored food, drink, and software raffle prizes for this event.

 

After Party:

Chana Messer took Paul Trani and I to her “hood” and to her favorite Mexican Restaurant: Lula’s Cocina. Lula’s was quite charming and the Chicken Mole was authentic! Michele Weisbert, Sharon Sasche, Ko Murayama, and Terence Carroll also met up with us. We talked shop; Adobe Stuff; AdobeMAX; User Groups; and about the Adobe Production Premium event held in LA the night before.

Adobe will be BACK!With this successful event, I imagine we’ll have more Evangelists and Community folks back in LA in the near future.

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